Istvan Konya is Research Advisor at the Institute of Economics of the KRTK . His main research and teaching interests are Economic Growth, Open Economy Macroeconomics, and Macroeconomics of the Labor Market. He received his Diploma from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (currently Corvinus University) in 1996, then earned his PhD in economics at Northwestern Universityin 2001. After graduation he was an assistant professor at Boston College between 2001-2004. He moved back to Hungary in 2004, and worked at Magyar Nemzeti Bank as a senior researcher until 2013. He then served as Head of Research at MNB until January, 2015. He has published numerous articles in international and Hungarian journals, including the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Review of International Economics and others. He held many conference and seminar presentations at international events, including meetings of the European Economic Association, the Econometric Society and the Royal Economic Society. He has acted as a referee for many leading international academic journals. He taught at various international universities. Between 2001-2004 he lectured at Boston College, and since 2004 he has been and Adjunct Professor at Central European University. He was invited to teach PhD courses at the Sarajevo School of Economics and Business in 2010, and at Cardiff Bussiness School in 2011. He worked as an expert evaluator and expert reviewer for the European Commission between 2007-2011 on FP6 and FP7 projects. Between 2009-2012 he was a member of the governing council of the Hungarian Society of Economists.